NYC Pride Parade
By Carlos Varela
My name is Carlos Andres Varela and I am a professional wedding and fashion photographer and have been an avid street photographer for the last several years. This is my first submission to a blog or website that features work that I was not hired to shoot.
I’ve been a Canon shooter for over a decade, but a few years ago, feeling a bit burned out and looking for something new (and not wanting to carry my heavy DSLR everywhere), I bought my first Leica -the Leica M9- and fell in love with using a rangefinder. Although not the perfect camera by far it was the most fun and pleasurable experience I had had in a long time. Thus began my journey, a journey of needing to shoot street and travel photography for my own pleasure on an almost daily basis.
I later went on to buy the M240 and the Fuji X-T1.
When I first got the X-T1 I loved it and used it non-stop for about 3 months but in the end I missed shooting with a rangefinder. If it wasn’t that I love shooting with my Leica’s, I would not have stopped using the Fuji. I feel it is the best general purpose semi-professional camera out there (If you take into account size, weight, functions, usability etc…) but the pleasure of snapping a picture is still much greater -for me- with my Leica rangefinders.
These NYC 2015 Pride Parade pictures were taken with both Leica’s (M9 and M240) and with either the Voigtlander 28mm f/2.0 or Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 Sonnar. Processed using Lightroom CC.
I’m currently in the process of renovating my website (www.cavaweddings.com -I shoot weddings with my Canons-) and creating a few more with my fine art work (represented by Vogelsang Gallery -Mostly using Phase one’s or Hasselblad’s), Street photography (mostly using my Leica’s), Events (Canon’s again) and Fashion (all will be separate websites).
In the meantime you can see more of my street photography via my instagram account:
and a few more of the parade on my FB:
Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.
I enjoyed the BW pictures but the colors of the parade that have a rainbow as simbols seems to me so important.
great photography however the B&W doesn’t do this justice. This is an event that screams for color
Did the X-T1 exhibit a lot of pink cast in the RAW?
Pride for what?
The most colorful event — on many levels — photographed in black and white… personally, I don’t get it. The first 2 color photos alone beat the rest IMHO. Thanks for sharing though.
really enjoyed the pics.. nicely done.
It’s always difficult to photography this type of event, as there are so many people around and so much happening. Personally, I don’t like the artistic choice to photograph such a bright colourful event in black and white, which seems counter-intuitive to me.
Seems like a really fun event. You captured it well. Thanks.
Too bad they all weren’t in color;~(
Glad I missed that one.
Regardless of how your state voted, coming to a city near you.
Welcome to Post-Constitutional America…
As long as you have all your rights then the constitution is working perfectly, but a soon as someone else gets to share those same rights the constitution is being broken.
You certainly captured the energy with stills -not an easy thing to do !
i enjoy shooting street events however this is truly disgusting; some very disturbed folks.
Wonderful, storytelling photos. I am a wedding-portrait photographer from Chicago who also is an avid street shooter and I covered the pride parade in Chicago. Your photos are really great, inspired me to submit some of my photos too. Keep up the great work,
That’s great to hear Gokhan! Thanks for writing!
What a disgusting event it must has been! Ehhh…
The pride event is so much fun to photograph.
I really enjoyed the images of your event.
Excellent work, Carlos. It’s fun, proud and outrageous. Cheers.
Looks like a fun time, and you did a great job of documenting it!